Frigid temps chill B’way ticket sales

'Beauty,' 'Saturday' suffer major declines

Cold weather and snow forced Broadway receipts into a tailspin, driving total dollars $2 million downward from the previous frame. With the recently shuttered “Ragtime” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” no longer figuring into the equation, Week 34 saw 25 shows that brought in $9,431,356 or 177,396 paid attendances.

Only three titles improved — and just barely. “Chicago” and “The Lion King” gained $866 and $698, respectively.

Newcomer “Wrong Mountain” climbed $4,144 for a finish of $65,195, with its Everest-like gross potential of $408,421 casting a long shadow. The play’s $28.94 average ticket price remained Broadway’s top bargain.

Biggest declines were registered by “Beauty and the Beast” (minus $106,205) and “Saturday Night Fever” (down $105,292).

In such a climate, tiny downticks begin to look like successes: “Annie Get Your Gun” cooling $8,813, “Dame Edna” dropping $7,595, “Jackie Mason” debiting $2,368, “The Price” falling $8,395. The new musical “James Joyce’s The Dead” also shook off the cold and snow rather well. It declined only $8,464 for a final $278,292. Gross potential: $451,168. Average ticket: $52.32.

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